Demons tie for first at Maverick Duals
The Glenwood Springs Demons wrestling team went 4-1 Saturday at the Maverick Duals, finishing in a 3-way tie for first place.
Junior captain Myles Wilson (170) and sophomore Felix Cano (113) led the way with five wins each over the weekend for the Demons, while junior Larry Flores (132) and sophomore Chris Hernandez (220) each finished the day at 4-1.
Sophomore Jack Ries had perhaps the biggest win of the day, wrestling last against Weld Central with the Demons holding on to a slim 2-point lead (30-28). Ries came out and converted a quick takedown, followed by a two-point nearfall before finishing the match with a first-period fall at 1:38 to lock up the dual, 36-28.
Along with Ries, Flores wrestled very well all day long, winning three matches by pinfall and one by injury default in which he was leading 10-0 at the time of the injury. His lone loss on the day was to Weld Central’s Paul Cooksey (ranked 12th in the state in 3A) by a 6-4 decision. Flores started the match quickly, scoring takedowns in the first and second period and was leading 4-1, before giving up a reversal and three nearfall points in the second period. Cooksey chose bottom going into the third period and Flores was unable to turn Cooksey to tie or go ahead.
Against Wheatridge in the first dual of the day, Glenwood came out on top 58-18 thanks to falls by Ries, Wilson, Jorge Zavala (106), Riley Prough (126), Flores and Herbie Vega (152).
Wrestling against Eaton, the Demons came out on the short end, falling 48-20 as Felix Cano (113) won a major decision over Eaton’s Jackson Contreras, 9-1, and Prough defeated Eaton’s David Pringle, 13-9.
The Demons bounced back in their next match-up with Mead, picking up a 15-point win, 45-30, as Chris Hernandez (195), Irvin Vazquez (285), Mathew Flores (120) and Juan Felan (138) recorded wins for Glenwood Springs.
Glenwood followed up their win against Mead with a dominant win against Columbine, giving them their third win of the duals.
Gerry Viveros (220), Vazquez, Ries and Zavala picked up forfeit wins over Columbine, while Wilson, Hernandez, Cano, Prough and Mathew and Larry Flores picked up wins by fall as the Demons rolled to a 60-28 decision.
In the final match-up of the weekend, Glenwood topped Weld Central as Wilson, Viveros, Cano and Ries picked up wins, while Hernandez, Vazquez and Vega picked up wins by forfeit.
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